Course Design of Thacher State Park back 9 is progressing nicely!
We have been busy this winter working on the new back 9 course design at Thacher State Park in Vorheesville, NY! The park initially contacted us last summer to purchase baskets for their front 9, which was designed and installed by their maintenance manager. After seeing the demand for the original layout, the park manager contacted our firm to not only purchase baskets for the back 9, but to contract our design services as well! While they had a Master Plan to follow, many of the holes were refined in our Routing Plan and then later dialed in during Final Flagging. The maintenance division is currently in the midst of Course Clearing, with only a couple holes left to finish. Our firm is scheduled to be back in early April to make any final adjustments before baskets and tee pad construction begins.
The existing front 9 layout is a mix of field and moderately wooded holes, with a short “executive” feel to the course. The park requested the back 9 feature longer holes — the current layout has four Par 4’s — to contrast to the more beginner-friendly front 9. The majority of the holes run adjacent to an access road that will eventually be removed in the Master Plan. Many of the holes have a open context, but several technical wooded holes provide a strong juxtaposition to some of the earlier field holes. The park intends to create paver tee pads for the back 9, and eventually fix the undersized gravel tee pads on the front 9 in the future. We hope to approve the Course Clearing in early April, and see the course up and operational by May 2016!
Signage for Pine Brook Camp finalized and delivered!